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BSc Part I Annual Exam 2011 result
Karachi, June 11: The University of Karachi (KU) on Saturday announced the result of BSc (Pass) Part I Annual Examinations 2011.

According to statistics, a total of 2,051 candidates appeared in the exam and 677 of them were declared successful with a pass percentage of 33.01. The announcement further stated that marks certificates were being issued.

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Bangladeshi delegation visits KU
Karachi: A 20-member delegation from Bangladesh visited the University of Karachi (KU) for academic exchange of views, the KU spokesperson said on Sunday.

The delegation comprised 19 students from the University of Dhaka, the University of Chittagong, the Jahangirnagar University and the University of Rajashahi and Professor Dr Abul Khair from the Jahangirnagar University's Department of Botany.

The visit was arranged by the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad."Pakistan and Bangladesh enjoy good bilateral relations and academic and research cooperation will be beneficial for the two countries as they are both struggling to achieve success in all walks of life," KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser told the visitors.

Later, the delegation visited an art exhibition organised by the Department of Visual Studies, where KU Registrar Professor Dr Nasiruddin Khan and Student Adviser Professor Dr Ansar Rizwi interacted with the visitors.

The delegation also visited the HEJ Research Institute, the Area Study Centre for Europe (ASCE) and the Pakistan Study Centre.At the ASCE, the guests were welcomed by its director, Professor Dr Moonis Ahmar, who informed them about the activities carried out at his centre.

Professor Dr Abul Khair briefed him about the activities in various Bangladeshi universities and the socio-economic development of his country. At the end of the visit, the ASCE director presented a shield and a set of the centre's publications to the delegation.

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Students make the most of The News Education Expo on closing day
Karachi: The closing day of The News Education Expo 2012 attracted thousands of students, teachers and parents to the Expo Centre here on Sunday.

The two-day education fair, organised by the Jang Group to facilitate students in realising their higher education dreams, focused on local universities, but many foreign universities and consultancies also participated in the annual event and got a good response.

With a grand list of more than 70 local and international educational institutions, the annual event provided students and their parents with an opportunity to explore and make informed decisions about higher studies.

A visiting student said, "It's a good assortment of higher education institutes for students from a country like Pakistan."

One of the main attractions of the show the fourth organised by the Jang Group in as many years - was the universities participating from Malaysia and Turkey. Students were seen clogging their stalls, seeking information, as one consultant explained, "With an economy sliding downward with every passing day, it's no wonder that people are choosing comparatively cheaper options that provide internationally recognised degrees."

One also witnessed a good number of tuition-providers of international professional qualifications like ACCA, CIMA in the exhibition this year.

"Amid the rising cost of higher education, students opt for professional programmes like chartered accountancy, which are recognised the world over and the fee-payment schedule is relatively easy compared to university education, as students have to pay only for the paper they plan to take in a particular session," said Suleman Khan, who was representing one of the tuition providers at the exhibition.

"I have completed my A-levels and now I want to go abroad for higher studies, so I am here," said Tariq Aslam, a 19-year-old student, who wants to pursue medicine as major. Aslam seemed torn between Russia and the United States, as, he said, medical programmes in the US were ranked among the best in the world but were prohibitively expensive and the Russian degree was "decent compared to the fees they are asking".

But the event helped students like Aslam decide on the range of possibilities and make a decision that would eventually decide their future in a major way. Tens of thousands of people had visited the Expo Centre on the first day of the education expo, which was inaugurated by Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, the senior education minister of Sindh.

The minister appreciated the Jang Group for organising the event, which, he said, would help students choose good education institutions for higher studies. The News Education Conference 2012 will be in held at the Pak-China Friendship Centre in Islamabad on June 13 and 14 and in Lahore on June 17 and 18. The news

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Plan to monitor power consumption in colleges
Karachi: Upset by hefty electricity bills and recent disconnections, the Sindh Directorate of College Education has decided to effectively monitor the electricity use in government colleges of Karachi.

According to sources in the education department, a plan has been prepared to ensure prompt payment of electricity bills at the college level and request the principals of all colleges to take personal interest in power conservation in order to save the faculty and students from any inconvenience resulting from disconnection.

As an immediate measure, principals would be asked to maintain a log of day-to-day electricity consumption, a source said.

During the last two months, over 40 colleges including those where intermediate examination centres were set up had been without electricity due to prolonged suspension in the supply from the KESC.

"About 25 per cent of the city colleges are still doing without the essential utility or using a connection hooked to that of a neighbouring consumer or having a questionable arrangement," said a college teacher.

About 43 colleges whose power connection has been severed this year had an allocated amount of Rs10.4 million which had to be increased to about Rs28.160 million in view of their hefty electricity bills. However, education officials are not satisfied with KESC claims. Against an allocation of Rs55,000, a degree college in Keamari was required to pay Rs843, 217; another college in the Metroville area with an allocation of Rs288,000 was charged over Rs3.358 million; a college in Razzakabad had to pay Rs442,685; a women's college was asked to pay nearly Rs1.027 million and a girls college in Landhi was billed over Rs1.115 million, it was learnt.

The KESC used to hand over colleges' power consumption bills on a monthly basis to the directorate, which would pay them off on a quarterly basis. As such, according to another college teacher, a significant amount under the head of late payment surcharge adds to every bill.

Another source said that chances of wrong reading or power theft at colleges could not be overlooked. Many colleges have one or more canteens, book stalls, photocopy shops, etc functioning on their premises and these private outlets consume electricity.

Most of the transactions related to their power consumption were not brought on record properly, said a teacher.

It was also pointed out that college grounds being used as wedding lawns or an open space next to a government college might also be an instance of illegal use of these institutions' power connection.

Director of Finance at the office of the Directorate General Colleges, Sindh, Pervaiz Ali Shaikh informed that the directorate had so far paid Rs37 million against colleges' electricity bills relating to the current financial year while another amount of around Rs7 million was left for the remaining period of the financial year. He said that the restoration of electricity to many of the colleges had been possible only after the provincial finance department special funds were sanctioned for the purpose.

Speaking about the plan to request college principals to start monitoring of power consumption or theft under their supervision, Mr Shaikh said: "At the moment we do not have a system to challenge the KESC bills and, as such, we need a complete and proper record of electricity use which could help us ascertain the actual use in academic activities and other purposes separately as well as detecting any fault that causes unreasonable billing."

He said that corrective measures would be in place in a month or so after an approval of the plan from the high-ups in the education department. Dawn

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No entry test fee
Karachi: Adviser to the Chief Minister on Special Education Imtiaz Shaikh has abolished the entry test fee of Rs500 fixed by his department for appointments in Grade 17.The adviser has asked all those candidates who deposited the pay order of Rs500 to get it back on the day of the written test, while those still applying for the posts should not send any pay order. The news

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